Um, what...what lessons do you think we should learn, should have learned, ought to consider trying to draw from this whole episode of the use of these herbicides, these potential side effects, and with all of these fears and questions that that has raised in the minds of so many people?
Well, those are hard question. No, I shouldn't say that because I'm not supposed to hear your question...Um, give me a minute. I'd like also, can I step back? Can we go back for a minute? I want to be able to tell the results of the studies. I want to at least give my impressions of what I think that the evidence is worth taking account of in the Vietnamese studies.
Um, I think that although they aren't conclusive that there are at least two points that are worth our consideration in terms of future research here, and perhaps some kind of collaborative research or support of future Vietnamese studies. And those are the possibility that exposure to Vietnamese women may have increased their risk of hydatidiform mole which is already for us, reasons that are not understood a more common occurrence in Asian populations.
And also, and of course this is of great concern to the US veterans, on the basis of the Vietnamese research I don't think we can be complacent about the possibility that paternal exposure, exposure by the male to herbicides has not caused birth defects in the offspring. I think we have to continue to consider that as a possibility although studies don't um make this a definite certainty. Um. In terms of lessons that could be learned by the experience, it's hard, and I think some of the government...